Aiken man arrested after threatening deputies with flamethrower

A SWAT team helped defuse a standoff Tuesday.

A Graniteville man is accused of using a homemade flamethrower on Aiken County deputies trying to serve him probate papers Tues­day morning.

According to a sheriff’s news release, family members of the suspect, whose name has not been released, told police he was at the U.S. Highway 1 home but would not come to the door.

After deputies breached the door, the suspect used the flamethrower on them. The deputies responded by shooting him in the leg with a bean bag round.

The suspect fled to the rear of the home and refused to communicate with deputies, police said.

The Aiken County SWAT team deployed a chemical agent into the residence.

The man came out and was taken into custody without further incident.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety assisted the sheriff’s office in shutting down roads surrounding the home while deputies handled the incident.

No deputies were injured.

The suspect was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Criminal charges of assault and battery first degree are pending.

Police said they are withholding the suspect’s name because of the mental health nature of the call.

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